Companies must pay special attention to the vulnerabilities inherent in their software, as even a single security hole can open the door for cybercriminals to their systems.
If they want to avoid this, they must regularly review all the software they develop and patch it if vulnerabilities are found. It is important to extend debugging to open source components in software, as more than 90 percent of applications contain such components. Micro Focus experts point out that with appropriate, advanced solutions, the process can be automated and simplified, and testing and improvement can be seamlessly integrated into the software development cycle.
Business trends and expectations change rapidly, forcing software development teams to adopt agile practices such as DevOps to keep pace with new demands. However, these new approaches put a lot of pressure on developers to build and release applications faster, who often use open source components to save time and successfully meet their goals within short software release cycles. By using open source components, they do not have to start the development completely from scratch, but “all” they have to do is to add the component containing the necessary functions to their own code. This approach speeds up processes and reduces costs at the same time.
Security is questionable
At the same time, open source components can also carry risks, since security holes may occur in them even from the beginning of development, and errors may also be revealed later on. He deals with the management of software supply chains Sonatype company recent Open Source Index reports that only 11 percent of open source projects are actively maintained. According to the survey, on average 1 in 8 open source downloads have already known risks, although 96 percent of the vulnerable versions had a patched version available.
Examination with professional tools
The security of open source components should therefore be examined and regularly tested in the same way as self-developed codes. There are professional tools for this, including, for example, Sonatype’s solution, which automates the control and testing of open source tools throughout the entire software development cycle.
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In addition, the product can be integrated with Fortify’s professional application security test tools, which take care of testing custom-developed codes. THE Fortify Static Code Analyzer it can identify security holes through static analysis of custom-developed source code and prioritize errors so that critical vulnerabilities can be patched first. THE Fortify Software Composition Analysis and examines the code in an automated way in search of vulnerabilities in open source components, and compares the results with extensive vulnerability databases, which are kept up-to-date with the help of high-level machine learning and the experience of expert researchers.
Together, Sonatype’s solution and the Fortify product family provide a comprehensive view of the security of custom code and open source components in software. To do this, it is enough to run a test, the results of which are displayed in aggregate on the control panel. The tools work together to enable a holistic approach to fixing various bugs and can be seamlessly integrated into DevOps processes, enabling proactive risk management in all phases of software development cycles.